At the end of August, I always reflect on what I’ve learnt in the last few months. The year always seems to have gone past me so swiftly, that there is no time to stop and think. So, here is a compilation of quotes, from famous, respected and wise people. They inspire me to be a better human being, honor other people and live my life with good qualities.

“Entrepreneurs Are Great At Dealing With Uncertainty And Also Very Good At Minimizing Risk. That’s The Classic Entrepreneur.”

– Mohnish Pabrai

“Security Is Mostly A Superstition. Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing.”

– Helen Keller

 “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
-Cyril Connolly

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”
-Sylvia Plath

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
-Anaïs Nin

You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.

– Joe Namath 

“Develop An ‘Attitude Of Gratitude’. Say Thank You To Everyone You Meet For Everything They Do For You.”

– Brian Tracy

“To See What Is Right And Not Do It Is A Lack Of Courage.”- Confucious

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

– Benjamin Franklin (Founding father, America’s first millionaire, 1706-1790)

“We must be our own before we can be another’s.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best listeners listen between the lines.”
― Nina Malkin, Swoon

“Keep a light, hopeful heart. But ­expect the worst.”
― Joyce Carol Oates

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

– Muhammad Ali (Boxer 1942-)

If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.

– J. Paul Getty (Industrialist, 1892-1976

Don’t be afraid your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin.

– Grace Hansen

YIN YANG

Thirteen roadways lead through life

To thirteen doors of death,

Homeward from foolish fears and strife

We float on failing breath.

– Tao (Chinese Philosophy, 6th century, B.C.)

“Everybody is standing, but you must stand out.

Everybody is breaking grounds; but you must breakthrough!

Everybody scratching it; but you must scratch it hard!

Everybody is going, but you must keep going extra miles!

Dare to be exceptionally excellent and why not?”
― Israelmore Ayivor

“You made them hate me.” Said Ender
“So? What will you do about it? Crawl in a corner? Start kissing their little backsides so they’ll love you again? There’s only one thing that will make them stop hating you. And that’s being so good at what you do that they can’t ignore you. I told them you were the best. Now you damn well better be.”

-Graff,  Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“If anyone, no matter who, were given the opportunity of choosing from amongst all the nations in the world the set of beliefs which he thought best, he would inevitably—after careful considerations of their relative merits—choose that of his own country. Everyone without exception believes his own native customs, and the religion he was brought up in, to be the best.”
― Herodotus, The Histories

Share in the comments if you have any favourite quotes. I’m always looking for more.

Have a great day! 🙂

-Saloni

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